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Across Five Aprils The Unforgettable Story Of Young Jethro Creighton, Who Comes Of Age During The Turbulent Years Of The Civil War, By The Newbery Award Winning Author Of Up A Road Slowly An Impressive Book Both As A Historically Authentic Civil War Novel And As A Beautifully Written Family Story University Of Chicago Center For Children S Books.

  • Hardcover
  • Across Five Aprils
  • Irene Hunt
  • English
  • 16 October 2017

About the Author: Irene Hunt

Irene Hunt was an American children s writer known best for historical novels She was a runner up for the Newbery Medal for her first book, Across Five Aprils, and won the medal for her second, Up a Road Slowly For her contribution as a children s writer she was U.S nominee in 1974 for the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award, the highest international recognition available to



10 thoughts on “Across Five Aprils

  1. says:

    Do they make kid s books like this sort any Real and real painful Across Five Aprils was required reading in 6th grade and it was as if the teacher s were saying Life s a bitch, get used to it I remember this as eloquently rendered and high minded, gut wrenching drama when I read it way back then Mind you, I also thought TV s The Waltons was the height of drama, so maybe my opinion is a bit skewed on the subject.Just the same, Across Five Aprils, the story of brothers torn apart by the America Civil War, did win the Newbery, so it must ve been doing something right The story is told from the perspective of the youngest son watching his older brothers go off to war Like the town they live in, most are pro Union, but one of them sides with the Confederacy, and so he and the family suffer It s a large family with daughters embroiled in their own private war of romance and love held in check.I recall the ending feeling a bit slapped on for happiness sake a...

  2. says:

    TERRIBLE BOOK that is all I have to say This is about the Civil War and how the main character Jethro is coming of age This book was so boring that I do not have anything to say Do not read it If you are in...

  3. says:

    I wish I could find my copy of this It s around here somewhere I still have the edition I read in high school and I wanted to look up the copywrite date The edition I selected here obviously isn t the one I have but I doubt there s a picture of my edition s cover anywhere on line, it s so old When I locate it, I ll come back and annotate the ex...

  4. says:

    This is the only book I have read that captures the reality of the Civil War in a gripping, astounding story This story does not choose a political side and push propaganda, like so many other stories and history textbooks do Across Five Aprils shows the truth that there was much to the American Civil War than just slavery From a historical, realistic viewpoint, this book was spot on and never had info dumps It flowed well and s...

  5. says:

    This book shows us in a moving and sympathetic way the effects of the American Civil War on a farming family in southern Illinois.

  6. says:

    Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt manages to turn the thrilling action and gruesome turmoil of war into threadbare monotony Despite its detailed descriptions of familial discords, the book has no central plot The chapters are nonsensical and do not follow a recognizable storyline For instance, in one chapter, Jethro s mother falls ill because of caffeine addiction In the next chapter, a criminal s father rescues Jethro from an attacker on the roadside How do all these scattered events come together What effect do they have on the overall atmosphere of war In the book, the topic of war, which is supposedly the main idea, is only mentioned briefly and vaguely In addition, the characters are flat and undeveloped Jenny appears repeatedly as a lovesick and educated girl, and Jethro as a farm boy who matures, but neither of these characters have a profound effect on the progress of the story All in all, Across Five Aprils is a tedious read due to...

  7. says:

    First of all, anyone who gave this book a single star or complained My lame teacher made me read this needs to be deleted A few months ago, I was reminiscing about the mandatory reading that was required in junior and high school and one of the few I remembered was this story I decided to read this since I realize you don t ever appreciate things when you re in high school.This book, to me is actually a 4.5 only because of the slow start until about chapter 4 The poor grammar of Jethro and his family written can be hard to read at times also but you get used to it I did find the characters feelings very real It painted a very real image of the times and how hard it was to even survive I felt that I was living on a farm in southern Illinois during the Civil War.The historical writing is fantastic and the story represented the civil war fiction very well Anyone with interest in how the civil war had affected everyday people, who gave up their family to fight such horri...

  8. says:

    Touches a lot of familiar subjects names places and I see why it s assigned reading for tweens However, I feel like it could have been emotional and personal to really pull the reader in.

  9. says:

    The 12yo in my house had to finish this for summer reading, and would not stop complaining about how boring it was I m an enormous fan of historical fiction, so I was of course incensed How could you not love a book about growing up during the Civil War I decreed that we d finish it as an audio book so I could explain its many virtues and strengths Turns out the book is unbelievably dull I mean tepid bathwater on a Tuesday night dull There s no character development There isn t even a lot of dialogue, and what s there is stilted and awkward There s no scaffolding that helps explain the issues behind the civil war The plot follows an adolescent character who has virtually no interaction with adolescent peers, making it especially dull to the average tween reader And by the end of the book it lapses into simply recounting the outcome of a seri...

  10. says:

    I am reading this with a book with a group of 6th graders, and so far they do not appreciate this excellent book My high school English teacher always said to give classic literature a good 50 pages before giving up, and I think hope they will be hooked by then I last read it in junior high I remember liking it, but as an adult I loved it It is beautifully written, with wonderfully well developed characters I laughed and I cried with the experiences of a very genuine family and the impact of the Civil War in their lives I ve been to many Civil War battlefields and I ve seen the movie Gettysburg several times it s 4 hours long, so that is saying something , so I am familiar with the names of many of the generals and battles in the book It covers the length of the war, so there are a lot of generals and battles to have to keep track of, which will probably bog down story for the kids I am reading it with Overall though it is an outstand...

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